Celebrating our 22nd Anniversary!

I was surprised at 10:00 am with a gorgeous bouquet of colorful roses of different colors from my thoughtful husband! I love it! I wrote a poem for him.

Colorful roses
Me surprised with my roses (Note: my poem is on the mantel that I wrote for my husband.)

Wow, time sure does fly! We celebrated our 22nd anniversary recently and went to dinner at our favorite place – Piccola Italia in Manchester, New Hampshire. Before dinner we went to the Palace Theatre for a wonderful show, The Uptown Boys, who sang Billy Joel songs.

Palace Theatre – lovely historic theatre

It was almost back to normal there. We could opt to wear masks or not when we went in or walked around until we were seated. But they were happy when we did wear them. We were in the balcony for the first time. I prefer to be on the first floor even though our view of the show was good, the seats were small and crowded together. But there were empty seats in front of and behind us. They are still trying to keep some open seats around everyone for safety sake.

Balcony seats behind us there were empty
John and I in our balcony seats
Balcony of Palace Theatre

It was a toe tapping, clapping and rousing show with the Uptown Boys! Here are a few photos I shared already on Instagram.

Uptown Boys at Palace Theatre
Uptown Boys solo
Finale of Uptown Boys

Here is the link to find out more about this historic downtown theatre.

There are no bad seats in this small, beautiful and historic theatre. We love going to shows here. The prices are right and we are not far from home. Better than going all the way into Boston with the traffic and prices so high. We are fortunate to have this lovely place to frequent with wonderful shows. We are even seeing Howie Mandel this fall there. He was postponed several times due to the Pandemic. He is a germ a phobic though. I bet he will wear a mask on stage. Ha!

After the show we went to our favorite Italian restaurant – Piccola Italia only a five-six minute walk from the theatre in downtown Manchester.

Here are our delicious choices for dinner.

Me and my Seafood Piccola Italia (shrimp, scallops, lobster, mussels, clams & calamari) Delicious! I took half of it home for lunch another day.
Chicken Parmesan (with homemade fettuccini)
22nd Anniversary celebration at Piccola Italia
Our waitress Amelia and John

You will not be disappointed if you dine here. John, the owner and chef, always comes out to greet us and chat a little. We have had wonderful waitresses, Linda and Amelia and others I can’t remember their names over the many years we have been dining there. Most of the time we have Linda who treats us like family. This time Linda was not working so we had Amelia again. She is quite a character!

All in all it was another wonderful anniversary. Now on June 19th it is celebrated by the whole country as Freedom Day and called Juneteenth! How do you like that? May everyone feel free and safe in their own country.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of me, my books and blog and for all the reviews you have posted wherever my books are sold. Please come back again real soon. Take care!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!









About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 7 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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11 Responses to Celebrating our 22nd Anniversary!

  1. Darlene says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Looks like a fabulous time.

  2. Victoria Zigler says:

    Happy anniversary!

  3. noelleg44 says:

    Fabulous celebration! Congratulations!

  4. Jennie says:

    Happy Anniversary, Janice!

  5. Looks like a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary!

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